Chemistry and Biochemistry

National Chemistry Week

National Chemistry Week will take place the week of October 17 – 22, 2016, on Brigham Young University Campus. the theme this year is: "Solving Mysteries through Chemistry," more specifically it is : exploring the chemistry of fibers and forensics.The activities and programs are sponsored by the Central Utah Section of the American Chemical Society. Activities include chemical magic shows, a "hands-on workshop" especially for kids, a symposium hosted by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and a research poster session with reception. National Chemistry Week is celebrated annually during the third full week of October (Sunday through Saturday) by ACS local sections. It is designed to enhance public awareness of chemistry's contributions to society and to our everyday lives. 

The Chemical Magic Shows will be held in the Benson Science Building on BYU campus as follows:

Monday, October 17, 5:00 and 6:30pm

Tuesday - Friday, October 18 - 21, 6:30 and 7:30pm

Each show will last about one hour. The demonstrations are proven crowd-pleasers illustrating important principles of chemistry. Tickets are free, and we invite all teachers, students, parents, scout troops, and members of the general public to attend. Since seating is limited, tickets are required. Ticket reservations can be made online at beginning October 1st. For group reservations (more that 10 tickets) please call 801-422-3667. Tickets go fast so reserve yours soon. 

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE BEGINNING OCTOBER 1st, 2016. AT 8:00 AM. To request magic show tickets, click here.

Shows will be held in rooms W111 or W112 in the Ezra Taft Benson Building at BYU on the following dates:

Monday, Oct. 17
5:00 (Dr. Asplund)
6:30 (Dr. Patterson)
Tuesday, Oct. 18
6:30 (Dr. Macedone)
7:30 (Dr. Nielson)
Wednesday, Oct. 19
6:30 (Dr. Macedone)
7:30 (Dr. Nielson)
Thursday, Oct. 20
6:30 (Dr. Burt)
7:30 (Dr. Ess)
Friday, Oct. 21
6:30 (Dr. Johnson)
7:30 (Dr. Stowers)

For more resources and information about National Chemistry Week, visit the American Chemical Society’s web page at

Click here for tickets. If there are no tickets available, stand-by seating opens 5 minutes before each show. Tickets are released periodically, rather than all at once, to allow everyone the opportunity to request some. Keep checking every few days for newly available tickets.

Where is the BNSN and where can I park?

Have you taken a close look at the National Chemistry Week display case in the Fishbowl (W170 BNSN)?

Distinguished Symposium Lecturer, Dr. Brent Horn, Associate Professor for Criminal and Justice and Director of Forensic Science Programs at Weber State University will be offering a lecture titled, "Can They Do That? Forensic Science Myths and Facts" on Tuesday October 18th, room W140 Benson Science Building (BNSN), 4:00 - 5:00. (see map for visitor parking)

The Research Poster Session is a great chance to learn more about the current research in the Central Utah Section by faculty-mentored student research groups. This year's posters will be on display in the Benson Building lobby on Wednesday, October 19th. A reception will be held that afternoon from 4:30 - 6 p.m.

Y-Chem will be selling $1 liquid nitrogen ice cream, chemistry t-shirts, and limited edition chemistry mugs October 17 - 22 from 11 - 2 p.m. and from 6 - 9 p.m. in the main hall of the Benson Building.

The Kids' Hands-On Chemistry Workshop will be held at the Provo Library (550 North University Avenue, Provo) in the Children's Reading Room on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m - 12 p.m. 

Have a chemist visit your classroom! The Central Utah Section offers short presentations about chemistry for schools. These school demonstrations are similar to the Chemical Magic shows, but on a more limited scale due. We will not be able to schedule any of these classroom visits until after National Chemistry Week. If you'd like some chemical magic brought directly to your students in your own classroom, please fill out a demo request form.

For more resources and information about National Chemistry Week, visit the American Chemical Society’s web page at

Last updated 12 October 2016